The dream of working in a sports job: Which advantages does a career in the sports industry provide and which disadvantages will I have to face?

Our life is a huge compromise in almost all things. The partner we choose, the town where we move to and as well our job, that provides us with the money to survive. Since humanity always aspires happiness, we try to find the smallest compromises to create our life at least a bit how we imagine it to be. That also is crucial when it comes to our sports job – before deciding for a career we have to consider many factors like payment, education, place of location. Since we spend around 50 years of our life with working, the job-decision should be taken deliberately so that we can spend these working years as good as possible.

The easiest way to make a good decision? A pro and contra list! Here's our version of it to see which advantages and disadvantages a career in sports provides!

The advantages

The sports industry is blooming

The sports market has been growing significantly over the years and is expected to develop even further. The reason is - simply put - the steady popularity of sports (and esports) events, and with it, the brands, products and companies that are part of it. Due to esports, digital revolution and even politial situations (like the evolution of diversity and gender-specific & gender-neutral events), the sports industry is facing opportunities instead of threats. As a consequene, companies and brands have the chance to increase their revenue which results in a higher demand for employees.

After all, a successful business means a safe working space - and one which allows development for yourself inside the company.

Investing time in something that you love

Who decides in favour of a sport job already does a big step onto happiness because there is nothing better than transforming the hobby into a job, right? Right! As a matter of course, a 100% willingness to support the brand, sports or agency you are working for is much easier if it is part of your spare time - or personal life -  as well.

Normally, if you apply for a sports job the reason behind is not simply the field of work which suits your CV, but probably the identification with the brand. In everyday life, this will give you a proper motivational boost to do your job well and to even result in enjoying it more.

More than just colleagues

The teamwork with sport job-colleagues is also pretty laid-back, since all have the same passion and therefore there is no need to break the ice first. How can we be so sure? If you check the job descriptions at Sportyjob, you'll notice that apart from hard and soft skills, most brands are actually asking for an interest, knowledge or even practicing of the sports that they are related to.

For instance, if you want to work at blue tomato, Atomic or Salomon, a passion for ski or snowboarding is a must. komoot? Biking. Boardriders? Surfing. Mammut and The North Face? Hiking. You get the point.

Even if you aren't the same age or don't seem to have much in common, there's always a link between all of you. As a result, the office atmosphere is always a little more familiar and personal than in other industries.

Being in the centre of sports

Really amazing about sports jobs is, that (according to the field you are working in), you are close to your idols, this may be either professional athletes or celebrities of the sports industry. Jobs at sporting events, for example, are normally an entry-card on meeting athletes. On the business front, sponsored athletes are normally invited to visit the headquarters every now and then. Just check adidas if you want to know more.

Furthermore, it is advantageous to get tickets, gear and clothing (that you would have bought anyways) either for free or at least, with a discount. Neat!

And last but not least: Working in a sport job is absolutely wicked!

The disadvantages

Overtime and weekend shifts

How already mentioned at the beginning, there are two sides to every coin. Sports jobs quite often are associated with long workdays and weekend-work. This, of course, depends on the field you're working in.

Since events, competitions etc. predominantly take place at the weekends, everyone either working directly for the event, association, club or as a sports journalist or a PR agency, is going to face work on the weekends.  Also, whenever an event is coming up, it normally means a lot of unpaid overtime hours due to the big amount of organisational tasks which come up right in advance.

Same goes for jobs in retail: If you choose to work for a sports brand in retail, it might be that you'll be facing 6-day-weeks and long working days.

We know this doesn't sound really good, but don't be discouraged! Of course not every sport job condemns you to do unpaid overtimes and there are others which reimburse the extra effort extraordinarily well, but unfortunately this is not the majority.

Average payment

When it comes to money you will have to cut back your prospects because the basic salaries of sport jobs in general are not as high as the ones of comparable jobs in other sectors of economy. While sports clubs and teams offer over-the-top-salaries (but only few jobs), payment in the field of sporting goods is very average. So, if you're "doing it just for the money", a position in banking or IT would probably be a better choice.

As we all know, demand determines supply – that means that sportjob-companies can define lower wages for treasured sport jobs. This may be traced back to the fact that sport jobs are really popular and therefore there are a lot of potential candidates

But isn't the abdication of money worth the feeling of getting up in the morning and looking forward to working in a sports job, where you will have fun and can enjoy your passion day by day?

A 100 mile swim from Cuba to Florida: What to learn from 64 year old swimmer Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad swom 100 miles from Florida to Cuba at age 64, being the first one to ever accomplish this. A monday motivation.
Do you know Diana Nyad? She did a 100 miles swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64, for the first time of history. She accomplished something that professional swimmers have been trying since 1950, but couldn’t do it.When hearing her Ted Talk „Never, ever give up“, it left me in awe thinking how a 64 year old woman could achieve this. A painful struggle that no matter of sex or age, no one did before. She managed it by training and trying over and over again. This is monday motivation, or actually, lifetime inspiration.Even after failing 4 times before, she stuck to her goal. And by not giving up, at one point, Diana Nyad made it. 

Listening closely to her Talk, there’s 6 essentials to learn which are a kick-ass mantra to succeed in what you want. Before you continue reading, keep in mind that her example doesn’t only apply to sports. It applies to anything you have set your mind on, whether it’s a passion or a career.

Never, ever give up

These words have been the first ones she said after reaching the shore. Incredible enough she was able to speak at all after a 50 hour plus swim, she chose her words wisely.
 No matter of her training being intense, she still failed four times before she finally managed the whole distance. Even though everyone around her told her that there was no chance to do it, experts as well as people close to her.
„ When I turned 60, it wasn't so much about the athletic accomplishment, it wasn't the ego of "I want to be the first." That's always there and it's undeniable. But it was deeper. It was "how much life is there left?“ - Diana Nyad
When you want something so bad, you have to fight for it, never lose track of your goal. You need to get back up after you failed. Stay bold and strong and believe in yourself, no matter what others say.

Find a way

One of the reasons, Diana made it through, was her playlist. Focusing her mind on „Imagine“ from John Lennon helped her not to give up and endure hypothermia, muscle pain, jellyfish stings and much more. That was her way of doing it. 
Of course, there’s much more to it - a team, capital, a lot of training, a great mindset. Still, the small things make the difference. 
So, find a way to achieve what seems impossible right now, be it because of insufficient resources or skills. For most problems, especially those in sports or jobs, someone already found a solution. Figure it out and adapt it to yourself - improve it through the little details that make your way different from others.

Discipline and preparation

It should be crystal clear that preparation and training are the key factor for a 100 mile swim. Diana was a professional swimmer until the 1970s. After a pause of 30 years, she started an intense training - not only of her body, but also of her mind. Every day for years. 
Without discipline, learning new skills takes a long time up to forever (maybe never). Endurance is important to run a marathon, it is also essential to get a promotion in your job.

You’re never too old to fulfill your dreams

Obviously, chase your dreams no matter your age. There is no too old.

If you fail, it doesn’t matter

Being afraid of failing is what keeps most of us comfortable at home, missing out on great opportunities. In life, but also in your career: a new job, your own start up or freelance career. There’s a well-known book called „The Journey is the reward“. Sometimes you might not be able to succeed, because of outer or inner circumstances. Still, you put a lot of effort in it, developed yourself and became a better you. No one can ever take this away from you.
„And when you reach for the horizon, as I've proven, you may not get there. But what a tremendous build of character and spirit that you lay down; what a foundation you lay down in reaching for those horizons.“ - Diana Nyad

Your team has got your back

Remember, Diana Nyad was never alone. Not on the days of her expedition, nor on the days of her preparation. They did it together and alone she probably would not have done it. Like we learned in „How to find a job you love“, you are like the people that surround you. A team of mixed personalities can give you new views on how to succeed, stay by your side with expert advice. Or might even just motivate you enough to get up on a day where everything seems like it will fail. Whatever you want to achieve, you will need a great team.To sum it up, the mantra to get what you want is: Believe in your dreams, work hard, never give up and surround yourself with a team which has got your back.Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America

How to communicate your worth – and earn what you deserve

learn how to be selfconfident enough to negotiate the salary you deserve
Do you get paid enough? This is probably a question most of us can’t really answer. We have insecurities about our job: Do we work hard enough and at the same time are our efforts really seen?
 Fact is, that a lot of people don’t earn what they really deserve - not only because companies try to save money. But also because we don’t know how to communicate it. Even if we feel like we should get a promotion, it’s hard to argue for it and to know which amount was adequate. So, how does it work? Here’s three steps how to communicate your worth:

Figure out your own value

To tell someone what you feel like a fair salary, you actually have to know your own worth first. It’s not easy to define it as the regular human being tends to underestimate himself. This means that you have to learn to evaluate yourself in a correct way, and even to convince yourself that you’re worth it. Oh boy, doesn’t sound easy, does it? Well,that’s the moment when there should be all eyes on Casey Brown and her Ted Talk „Know your worth, and then ask for it.“ Casey names several key questions that a freelancer or an entrepreneur needs to ask to evaluate their appropriate fee. However, most of them do work for employees just perfectly or just need a little change to fit:
  • What are my job’s needs and how to I meet them?
  • What are my (unique) skills that make me better qualified to fulfill my tasks?
  • What do I do in my job that no one (in the department or even company) does?
  • What am I an expert on?
  • What problems do I solve for my company?
  • Even: Which problems did I solve for my company in the past?
After answering these, you’ll probably see which part you play in your company. There’s no need to feel small. If you do your job well, be confident! Learn about your value and convince your boss about it.

Know about salaries: Of your profession and your colleagues

In our society this is actually still a taboo. You’d probably never ask your coworkers about their salary, neither your neighbors - you might actually not even know what your significant other earns. But why? We keep it a secret, so the system won’t crash. When we talk open about it - there might be arguments, greed and envy. Maybe you earn more than your best friend - or even worse, he earns more than you. The truth looks different though. Not knowing what the others earn, often leads to a feeling of being treated unfair. Because - talking about underestimation again - most people suppose they earn less than their colleagues.That’s why young start-ups tend to work with a salary transparency so employees know exactly what their colleagues earn. The result is that people feel treated in a more equal way, there’s even less people quitting. So, knowing the payment of others, helps the atmosphere in a company. Moreover, and that’s more important for us right now, it will help you set your own value.
 Knowing the wage average of your profession in your region or in companies from the same size & same industry is a good way to evaluate whether your salary expectations fit or not. Just google it. Portals like Payscale deliver the needed information.

Speak up for yourself - communicate your worth

So, finally we figured out what you’re worth. Step one is accomplished, that’s great! Step two is not easier in any bit. Even when you know your worth, you might still feel afraid to ask for it. But letting your work speak for yourself rarely does the trick. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to praise yourself. What is important is to speak up for yourself, with self-confidence. You know your value and thanks to the key questions and data about wave average, you even have great arguments up your sleeve. This is how you can influence the thinking of your boss - not telephatically. So, find your own voice and negotiate. Feel confident, not fearful. Display expertise. If you don’t overdo it, you got a great chance to earn the promotion.

How to find a job that you love | Inspired by Scott Dinsmore

It's easy to find a job you love, come on board!
How do you find a job that you love? While for some it may seem as easy as 1,2,3 for around 80% of the people it’s hard to figure out what their dream profession is. So it was for me and often enough I discovered myself feeling lost in my job. Especially sitting in an office where everybody seemed to have found their role (today I know it’s just that a lot of my co-workers never reflected on WHY they are doing their job. They didn’t find their role, they just never looked).It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that this is different in the sports sector: For many it is their dream being a part of their favorite brand, their sports club or being able to deal with their favorite sports every day. Sport enthusiasts are often driven by passion, by spirit! Once they made the step to be hired by a sports company, they stay and put their whole heart in it. Why? Because they love it.Of course, there is more to it than just being a sport addict. In the inspiring Ted Talk of Scott Dinsmore „How to find work you love“ he explains how to find a job that is meaningful and fulfilling. He broke it down to three steps which are based on learning about yourself and becoming a „self-expert“. Oh, and if you listen closely, you’ll see it’s mostly about figuring out what you care for - and then just do it.

Step One: Find your Unique Strengths

The first move to make is about finding your unique strengths. He doesn’t talk about the hard skills you learned in university, but about the things that you love doing. Things that other people recognize you for, ask you for advice on. Everyone has them.

Step Two: Figure out your Values

Values and morales are one of the great influences that make you who you are. No matter if you learned them through traditions and education or figured them out by your own experiences. They shape your character. Furthermore, it’s your values that influence every single decision you will ever make. These values are the treasures you have to keep. It can be hard, but grab ahold of them.

Step Three: Reflect on your Experiences

The third and last factor that shapes who you are. Experiences show you what to do or what to avoid. If you manage to reflect on every experience you make and stay open to new ones, you’ll figure out more about your own self every day. Every experience can be applied on your life, they make the fractions of your legend.

A new path will lead to new surroundings

With these steps accomplished, you’ll be able to identify yourself and the things that make you happy or that you burn for. Things you weren’t able to see before even if they were as subtle as a baseball in the face. What you’ll also notice when you are more self-aware is how people around you handle their career - and whether or not they live it to the fullest. 
As a result, you’ll see people differently and thus, surround yourself with other people. An important step! The best way to push your limits is to surround yourself with passionate people who inspire you. Or like Scott puts it:“You can either hang around the people who tell you it can't be done and tell you you're stupid for trying, or surround yourself with the people who inspire possibility.“

Get inspired: The Ted Talk from Scott Dinsmore

So, learn how to find work that you love and that makes you happy in this motivational Ted Talk from Scott Dinsmore below.

Live your legend: A litte about Scott’s Project

Maybe you have heard about it before, you definitely will after you watched Scott Dinsmore’s Ted Talk. He is the founder of Live Your Legend, a career and connection platform to inspire people to find their passion. Needless to say, live your legend is not only a community, it’s a revolution of society in regards of work. Scott Dinsmore is confident that doing a job that is your legend, changes the person you are and as a side effect, also changes the people around you.
As you read above, the people surrounding you have a big impact on your life and your progression. Why shouldn't it be digital surroundings as well? Especially if you are an entrepreneur in your field or try something no one ever did before, it can be hard finding inspiration in your close circle of friends. The Blog and tools of this community support your path and ease it.Sadly, Scott passed away 2016. He made it to be known as not only his, but after all our legend. RIP Scott Dinsmore. Thank you.